Thursday, April 1, 2010

Back in Houston 4/1/10

Matthew and I returned to Houston this past Sunday evening (3/28). On Monday and Tuesday (3/29 & 30) Matthew had a Petscan, CT scan, chest xray and blood work. On Wednesday we met with his Oncologist and Radiologist.

The news we received was mixed. First of all, the radiation & chemo therapy specifically on the liver that Matthew received in January & February was very successful. The difference in the visuals of the liver was remarkable. This is very good news.

Unfortunately in the next breath the doctor used the word "but" which is when we were told that while the "good things" were happening in the liver area, the cancer outside the liver had become aggressive. So, what has to be done is to get it back "in control". The plan of attack is that Matthew will begin a regimen of chemo that will be infused 24/7 over a 14 period. (For those that are interested, the drug is Ifosfomide with Mesna.) He will also take Avastin every 2 wks.

Dr. Anderson, (Matthew's oncologist) said, "I guess you are wondering why I didn't suggest this before. Well, I didn't know about it's new use for those in your situation until 3 wks ago." So, we feel like we are getting the most current treatment possibility at this point.

Matthew & I will remain in Houston for at least 2 wks. His doctor may let us go home at some point allowing Matthew to receive treatment in Knoxville.

I will certainly keep you posted as we settle into this new treatment schedule. We would appreciate your prayers that this will be very effective for Matthew. Thank you.

I hope and pray each of you have a blessed Easter, a time to remember the triumph that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ had over death and the sacrifice He made to give eternal life to each of us. Hallelujah! He is risen!



Anonymous said...

Nancy -- I continue to keep your family lifted in prayer. I thank God for putting Matthew in the path of these new treatments! Have a blessed Easter, and give Matt a big hug for me. C. Massello

nbta said...

Jesus has risen and we know He has conquered death and given us life! May He be glorified!

We think of Matthew often and pray for him and your whole family as you go through this. May God continue to give you strength and bring you peace. May God bless you and may He bring healing to Matthew.